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April 24th

Big Freedia, The Star Steppin' Cosmonaughties, & More

Armstrong Park (3 p.m.)

Jazz in the Park continues with bounce, dance, and Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers 


New Orleans Nightingales

The Allways Lounge (9 p.m.)

Jazz Fest series gala kick off  


The Trio feat. Eric "Jesus" Coomes, Nicholas Payton

Maple Leaf (10 p.m.)

Funk bassist + New Orleans’ BAM (Black American Music) trumpeter  


Tinariwen and Bombino

House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Desert rock inspired by the Sahara  


Bayous de Vilaine

Ogden Museum (6 p.m.)

Sippin' in Seersucker trunk show from Jolie & Elizabeth, plus music for tonight's after hours event 


Cirque d'Licious

Hi-Ho Lounge (10p.m.)

Ginger Licious hosts cabaret, burlesque, vaudeville and more!


Soul Rebels

Les Bon Temps Roule (11p.m.)

Roll with the Rebels on Magazine





April 25th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include The Avett Brothers, Public Enemy and, Aurora Nealand 


Underground Railroad Film Screening

NOMA (5 p.m.)

Fridays at NOMA features art and music inside, film in the Sculpture Garden, plus food and drink 


Rotary Downs + Mike Dillon 

Gasa Gasa (9 p.m.)

New Orleans psych pop, rock n' roll 


Backbeat Jazz Fest Series  

Blue Nile (10 p.m.)

Soul Rebels, Nigel Hall & the Congregation, and more 


Nina Simone Tribute

Cafe Istanbul (11 p.m.)

Tank and the Bangas + Mykia Jovan 


Andrew Duhon

Circle Bar (10 p.m.)

Local bluesy singer/songwriter  


Trombone Shorty + Orleans Ave.

House of Blues (8 p.m.)

Plus New Breed Brass Band. Tickets are $50  


Dumpstaphunk + Easy All Stars + More

Howlin' Wolf (10 p.m.)

Ivan Neville's band joins fellow funk bands on stage, with the Roosevelt Collier Band 


Bootsy Collins + DJ Soul Sister

Joy Theater (9 p.m.)

Funk legend joins New Orleans' own queen of rare grooves 


April 26th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include Robin Thicke, 101 Runners, Branford Marsalis Quartet, and Phish 


Shamarr Fest

Shamrock (10 p.m.)

Shamar Allen & The Underdawgs, Hot 8 Brass Band, John Popper of Blues Traveler, and more


Cowboy Mouth

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

plus Honey Island Swamp Band 



Blue Nile (2 a.m.)

Funk, rock, and hip hop from San Francisco



Prytania Bar (9 p.m.)

All-vinyl dance party spinning Motown/garage rock/R&B/soul/oldies


HUSTLE with DJ Soul Sister 

Hi Ho Lounge (11 p.m.)

Queen of rare grooves spins all-vinyl boogie, funk, and more into the wee hours of the morning 


Grayson Capps

Carrollton Station (10 p.m.)

plus the Lost Cause Minstrels + Jamie Lynn Vessels


April 27th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include Vampire Weekend, New Birth Brass Band, John Boutte, and more


Swinging Sundays

Allways Lounge (8 p.m.)

Swing dance lessons and party, live band from 9 p.m.-midnight 



Civic Theatre (8 p.m.)

Prog rock, Majeure opens


George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Key holder to the city of New Orleans, Clinton, joins DJ Soul Sister

Today in New Orleans 2.09.14

Today, Champion Square is full of king cakes, live music, and family friendly activities for kids. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is playing at Anthony Bean Community Theater, and Shotgun Cinema is screening Let the Fire Burn, a documentary about the only instance of an American Mayor bombing his own city. On this date in 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected president of the confederate states. Now, more to do this Sunday. 

Feds: Esplanade Ave. Mansion at Center of Film Tax Credit Scheme

Updated 3:55 p.m.

The feds indicted a pair of businessmen who were behind the transformation of an Esplanade Ave. mansion into a post-production facility for the local film industry. Michael Arata, of New Orleans, and Peter Hoffman, of Los Angeles, were each charged with defrauding the state's film tax credit program in a six-count indictment unsealed Friday.

Today in New Orleans 2.06.14

A quartet of jazz legends is coming together tonight at the Civic Theatre. At House of Blues, Kermit Ruffins and Dr. John are performing for a benefit to help one of the venue’s sound engineers with steep medical expenses. Macbeth is running in the Marigny, and local food writer Michael Murphy is signing copies of his culinary guidebook Eat Dat on Octavia Street. On this day in 1682, LaSalle began his trek down the Mississippi River. Now, more to do this Thursday. 

Today in New Orleans 1.27.14

Tonight, Broadway star Sutton Foster is performing as a part of NOCCA’s Broadway @ NOCCA series. Post-punk quartet The Hounds Below are in Lee Circle, and 12 O’Clock Boys, an award winning dirt bike documentary, is screening in Central City. Gospel legend Mahalia Jackson passed away on this date in 1972 at 60 years old. Jackson was buried at Providence Memorial Park in Metairie. Now, more to do this Monday. 

Pitt, Booker to Grace Screen at New Orleans Film Festival

Hushpuppy will open the 2013 New Orleans Film Festival, while Booker will close things out. The October screening bonanza announced its bookends on Monday, with the red carpet rolling out for Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave on Oct. 10, and Lily Keber's Bayou Maharajah playing things out on Oct. 17.

48 Hour Film Project Ups Participants, Gangsters

Sixty-one teams, twenty-three genres, two days: The New Orleans 48 Hour Film Project, now in its seventh year, returns this Friday. Starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, all participating teams will have forty-eight hours to complete a short (four- to seven-minute) film. Participants are randomly assigned a genre (new this year are "gangster," "zombie," and "mistaken identity") and various elements (character, prop, a line of dialogue) to be included in the film.

Big Budget Production

State Film Tax Credits Spared Big Cut by Legislature

As state legislators debate a budget that would hack Louisiana’s spending on areas from health care to transportation, film industry folks were keeping their fingers crossed for a “no," until the bill changed. 

French Market Purse Snatcher Caught on Film

On Wednesday, we had a purse snatching in the Quarter, imagine that. But this time, it was all caught on film. NOPD PIO's turned DP's and PA's have released some video. They were also considerate enough to offer the following backstory. (Video and backstory after the jump.)

Nix Flags

There's lots of art down here, and a ton of it deals with Katrina. Let's just say some pieces are better than others, but everyone's heart is the right place. Then, there is Teddy Smith! This guy delivers! We stumbled upon this gem whereby Smith films the abandoned Six Flags. Aside from being real cool as all abandoned amusement parks are (Asbury Park made Bruce's career,) and having some great post-k moments (the sign still says, "Closed for Storm,"), the piece is artistically stunning.

Watch for yourself!

The American Way

A NoDef Movie Review

After sitting through the The American, I get the feeling that I could have just watched a great movie and instead I sat through a pretty good movie.

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Kerem Ozkan, Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson


Elisabeth Morgan

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn


Brandon Robert, Daniel Paschall


Paolo Roy

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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M.D. Dupuy

Managing Editor

Stephen Babcock


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